ditto :: a little Bill Blass
Monday, March 14, 2011 by {darlene}

First of all, I wanted to thank you all so much for commenting and encouraging me in my last post. Your thoughts helped me tremendously. It is especially encouraging, when you share your passion in such a public forum like cyberspace, to hear from all of you with your words of support. But above all, I simply enjoyed hearing from you via the comments. I am a relationship gal, after all.

If you did not get a chance to comment on my last post, I would still love to hear from you! And be warned… my sister once told me, “dar, you like to ask for everyone’s opinion, and then you just do what you wanted to do anyway.” sooo… maybe she is right??!

It is time for a ditto, don’t you think?
I could not resist ditto-ing this amazing space by Bill Blass, which actually features a wall of books from his former bedroom:

ditto :: {what I would steal from this space}:

  1. You know how I adore built-in bookcases, the best and most stunning storage solution ever. These beauties are particularly great. They span the entire far wall, and they offer closed-door storage at the bottom. And then, they are filled to the brim with books from top to bottom. How beautiful. and useful. {right up my alley}
  2. I forgot how amazing it can look to place a library table right in the middle of room. not only is this classy; it inspires me {reminds me} to display and peruse the most beautiful books at my leisure. I love this design element.
  3. I have always been very partial to antique pine board floors with a super wax shine. There are no floors that I adore more.
  4. Here is an example of a white painted-brick fireplace that does not cry shabby-chic. Oh, no. Nothing shabby about Bill. Instead, the look is streamlined to the point of a smoking-jacket.
  5. The classiness of the fireplace is kicked up a notch by the stately andirons {those beautiful brass thingies that prevent hot logs from escaping the fire area; vocab. word of the day} and a classic fireplace fender. sometimes I think we get too fancy by strewing stuff all around our fireplaces. These under-used, classic and functional beauties allow the fire to be the main event.
  6. Dark walls and plenty of white trim. I have always loved the combination. A perfect color scheme to ditto in a library.
  7. Woven cotton rugs. Just the right touch for gorgeous wood floors. Not too much and not too distracting. They call out ‘functional,’ yet add just the right touch of warmth. Some of my favorites are from Dash and Albert.
  8. The federal mirror. Maybe federal mirrors will be the next Sunburst phenomenon? I think Bill would say, yes.
How do you feel about this classic and sophisticated space? Would you ditto anything?
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  • Found your delightful blog from over at 'A Nest For All Seasons' blog. I've enjoyed roaming about your blog getting acquainted with your beautiful home and your passion for interior design.
    I'm in the process of redesigning my 'Rose Room' (front room). Most of the time when I can't sleep at night it's because I'm mentally redecorating a room in my home…it can get a bit frustrating!
    Looking forward to more fun designs!
    I am following, hope you can stop by for a visit!

    Thanks, Becky Jane
    Raising kids can be a lot like weeding the rose bed…well worth it, but…OUCH!

  • Tonight is my first visit, by way of the Flamingo! Your blog is beautiful and you have a great eye for design. I need a few more hours so I can read some more. Have a wonderful evening and happy to follow along with you and adding you to blog roll.

  • Barbara Cornell

    I love woven rugs, too, but the I believe what you see in this picture is a quilt on the bed, though maybe you already knew that. I became obsessed with Bill Blass’s CT house (which this is) and his NY apartment a few years ago, and I couldn’t agree with you more about his style. He invests in some gorgeous pieces and knows when to stop, exactly like a great painter.

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